Our Good Shepherd

00D1D763-EC8D-4DB0-AF7D-64DC7B9A3D25“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our Good Shepherd

King David knew that God is good in every sense of the word, and the Biblical “good” is a far stronger word than our present culture acknowledges. Today, good seems insufficient compared to more embellishing words that we commonly use, so casually.
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, always to our benefit, even when we don’t understand His master plan. We just need to trust and obey. The evil one always tries hard to deceive us and confuse us with worldly lies. What a joy it is to know that Our Good Shepherd is always with us because He is good and merciful and wants us in His Kingdom forever.

Life Map

EBBE249C-9A0C-4446-B565-6EB97846DB7E“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Life Map

Each of us has our own journey in life. There are ups and downs and bumps in the road. Navigating this highway is fraught with uncertainty and confusion without our eyes on The Lord. It seems we all want a map to guide us. And often we look in all the wrong places, which leads to heartache and despair. Fortunately we have a life map if we have Faith and trust in God. His ways ultimately bring joy.

Delightful Days

A88CBA6B-44D0-4AE9-AC80-91099425786B“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Delightful Days

My favorite artist (my daughter Sarah) does special artwork each day of February each year. Her heart is huge and full of love. She is developing her craft with such passion and joy that it will bring delight to so many peoples’ lives. She does customized work as well, always bringing her special flair. I hope that you will check out her website and share with others.

http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.com

December

5ACC3B75-2D82-442C-918E-9E90ED587991“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

December

December is always an exciting month. It brings winter and Christmas, as well as a break from school and work for some. This year it is the last month before the start of the twenties. I am so hopeful that this new decade will bring positive changes in our world. Obviously we cannot predict the future, but we can trust that God will keep His Promises.

Home

140DDCAA-3560-4683-9AF2-E9CF28D57424“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Home

Growing up monetarily poor seemed a severe disadvantage to me. I remember not making the basketball team because my athletic shoes were the 2 dollar ones with slick soles that slid like ice skates on the polished gymnasium floors, instead of the 20 dollar Converse ones that could turn on a dime. It is hard to compete when you are slipping on the floor while trying to play. Likewise, our home was an old farm house that my father had renovated. It literally had honey bees living in the walls and snow blowing around the window frames accumulating beside our beds. There were 8 of us living in 3 bedrooms, with one recently acquired indoor toilet. Our heat was wood initially, but replaced by fuel oil heaters that sat in the kitchen and living room downstairs. While our material wealth was below today’s poverty level, we always had plenty of good food raised and prepared by our parents. Most importantly, we knew that our parents always had our best interests in mind and they sacrificed what little they had to help us be all that we could be. From these meager beginnings, I received the most rich blessings and I believe that background has taught me to persevere through all circumstances. The life lesson that I have passed on to my children is always do what is right, always do your best, and trust in God.

Abide in me, and I in You

DC4D75A0-32C3-4D01-B6E5-6DC1F51E0A28“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today I had a brief health issue that required minor intervention; yet, it reminded me of my own limitations—my mortality as a human. We sometimes forget how each day is a blessing that we can’t take for granted. Our entire life is dependent on His grace and yet we fail to trust in Him under all circumstances. When we focus on Him and abide in Him, and allow Him to abide in us, our true selves will bear our best fruits and we can experience joy beyond all understanding.

Even a Rose has to Blossom

CE21349C-64A6-448F-B0CA-5884C678D0E1“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Even a Rose has to Blossom

One of the lessons I have learned in life is that it takes time to get the results one wants. We learn patience when we do not get what we want in our time. Just think—even a Rose has to blossom and that takes time. In our self centered world, we want everything we want immediately. Often, the best things only come with hard work, perseverance and patience. We must keep our eyes on the prize. As I always have told my children, “Do your best, do what’s right and trust in God.”